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1 In those days a decree went out from Emperor Augustus that all the world should be registered.
In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world.
2 This was the first registration and was taken while Quirinius was governor of Syria.
(This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria.)
3 All went to their own towns to be registered.
And everyone went to their own town to register.
4 Joseph also went from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to the city of David called Bethlehem, because he was descended from the house and family of David.
So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David.
5 He went to be registered with Mary, to whom he was engaged and who was expecting a child.
He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child.
6 While they were there, the time came for her to deliver her child.
While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born,
7 And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in bands of cloth, and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn.
and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them.
8 In that region there were shepherds living in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night.
And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night.
9 Then an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified.
An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified.
10 But the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid; for see—I am bringing you good news of great joy for all the people:
But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people.
11 to you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is the Messiah, the Lord.
Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord.
12 This will be a sign for you: you will find a child wrapped in bands of cloth and lying in a manger."
This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”
13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host, praising God and saying,
Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,
14 "Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace among those whom he favors!"
“Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”
15 When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, "Let us go now to Bethlehem and see this thing that has taken place, which the Lord has made known to us."
When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”
16 So they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the child lying in the manger.
So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger.
17 When they saw this, they made known what had been told them about this child;
When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child,
18 and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds told them.
and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them.
19 But Mary treasured all these words and pondered them in her heart.
But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart.
20 The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them.
The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.
21 After eight days had passed, it was time to circumcise the child; and he was called Jesus, the name given by the angel before he was conceived in the womb.
On the eighth day, when it was time to circumcise the child, he was named Jesus, the name the angel had given him before he was conceived.
22 When the time came for their purification according to the law of Moses, they brought him up to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord
When the time came for the purification rites required by the Law of Moses, Joseph and Mary took him to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord
23 (as it is written in the law of the Lord, "Every firstborn male shall be designated as holy to the Lord"),
(as it is written in the Law of the Lord, “Every firstborn male is to be consecrated to the Lord” ),
24 and they offered a sacrifice according to what is stated in the law of the Lord, "a pair of turtledoves or two young pigeons."
and to offer a sacrifice in keeping with what is said in the Law of the Lord: “a pair of doves or two young pigeons.”
25 Now there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon; this man was righteous and devout, looking forward to the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit rested on him.
Now there was a man in Jerusalem called Simeon, who was righteous and devout. He was waiting for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was on him.
26 It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he had seen the Lord's Messiah.
It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not die before he had seen the Lord’s Messiah.
27 Guided by the Spirit, Simeon came into the temple; and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him what was customary under the law,
Moved by the Spirit, he went into the temple courts. When the parents brought in the child Jesus to do for him what the custom of the Law required,
28 Simeon took him in his arms and praised God, saying,
Simeon took him in his arms and praised God, saying:
29 "Master, now you are dismissing your servant in peace, according to your word;
“Sovereign Lord, as you have promised, you may now dismiss your servant in peace.
30 for my eyes have seen your salvation,
For my eyes have seen your salvation,
31 which you have prepared in the presence of all peoples,
which you have prepared in the sight of all nations:
32 a light for revelation to the Gentiles and for glory to your people Israel."
a light for revelation to the Gentiles, and the glory of your people Israel.”
33 And the child's father and mother were amazed at what was being said about him.
The child’s father and mother marveled at what was said about him.
34 Then Simeon blessed them and said to his mother Mary, "This child is destined for the falling and the rising of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be opposed
Then Simeon blessed them and said to Mary, his mother: “This child is destined to cause the falling and rising of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be spoken against,
35 so that the inner thoughts of many will be revealed—and a sword will pierce your own soul too."
so that the thoughts of many hearts will be revealed. And a sword will pierce your own soul too.”
36 There was also a prophet, Anna the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was of a great age, having lived with her husband seven years after her marriage,
There was also a prophet, Anna, the daughter of Penuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was very old; she had lived with her husband seven years after her marriage,
37 then as a widow to the age of eighty-four. She never left the temple but worshiped there with fasting and prayer night and day.
and then was a widow until she was eighty-four. She never left the temple but worshiped night and day, fasting and praying.
38 At that moment she came, and began to praise God and to speak about the child to all who were looking for the redemption of Jerusalem.
Coming up to them at that very moment, she gave thanks to God and spoke about the child to all who were looking forward to the redemption of Jerusalem.
39 When they had finished everything required by the law of the Lord, they returned to Galilee, to their own town of Nazareth.
When Joseph and Mary had done everything required by the Law of the Lord, they returned to Galilee to their own town of Nazareth.
40 The child grew and became strong, filled with wisdom; and the favor of God was upon him.
And the child grew and became strong; he was filled with wisdom, and the grace of God was on him.
41 Now every year his parents went to Jerusalem for the festival of the Passover.
Every year Jesus’ parents went to Jerusalem for the Festival of the Passover.
42 And when he was twelve years old, they went up as usual for the festival.
When he was twelve years old, they went up to the festival, according to the custom.
43 When the festival was ended and they started to return, the boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem, but his parents did not know it.
After the festival was over, while his parents were returning home, the boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem, but they were unaware of it.
44 Assuming that he was in the group of travelers, they went a day's journey. Then they started to look for him among their relatives and friends.
Thinking he was in their company, they traveled on for a day. Then they began looking for him among their relatives and friends.
45 When they did not find him, they returned to Jerusalem to search for him.
When they did not find him, they went back to Jerusalem to look for him.
46 After three days they found him in the temple, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions.
After three days they found him in the temple courts, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions.
47 And all who heard him were amazed at his understanding and his answers.
Everyone who heard him was amazed at his understanding and his answers.
48 When his parents saw him they were astonished; and his mother said to him, "Child, why have you treated us like this? Look, your father and I have been searching for you in great anxiety."
When his parents saw him, they were astonished. His mother said to him, “Son, why have you treated us like this? Your father and I have been anxiously searching for you.”
49 He said to them, "Why were you searching for me? Did you not know that I must be in my Father's house?"
“Why were you searching for me?” he asked. “Didn’t you know I had to be in my Father’s house?”
50 But they did not understand what he said to them.
But they did not understand what he was saying to them.
51 Then he went down with them and came to Nazareth, and was obedient to them. His mother treasured all these things in her heart.
Then he went down to Nazareth with them and was obedient to them. But his mother treasured all these things in her heart.
52 And Jesus increased in wisdom and in years, and in divine and human favor.
And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man.
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